14 Sep 2013 // by: Film-News.co.uk Newsdesk
Veteran 911 Emergency Call Center operator Jordan (Halle Berry) has the kind of job that’s not for the faint of heart: navigating the public’s distress in order to save lives. But when a young woman’s frantic report of a prowler ends tragically, Jordan is devastated. Reassessing her life, Jordan wonders if perhaps she’s experienced her last fraught-filled phone call. With a supportive cop (Morris Chestnut) for a boyfriend, maybe it’s time to step back, enjoy life, and teach others the ins and outs of her high-pressure profession.
That lifeline to strangers isn’t over yet, though. When average American teenager Casey (Abigail Breslin), is abducted by a serial killer (Michael Eklund), she manages to place a 911 call from the trunk of the killer’s car.
Jordan, leading a group of new recruits through the massive Call Center operation, is in earshot of the call. It’s an all-too familiar scenario for this experienced public servant, but before long, Casey’s situation reveals itself as eerily, shockingly familiar. There’s only one thing Jordan can do: take charge in a way she’s never done before. She must turn Casey into a partner in helping them track down the killer, and prove that this call is Jordan’s calling.
TriStar Pictures and Stage 6 Films present in association with Troika Pictures, WWE Studios and Amasia Entertainment, A Troika Pictures and WWE Studios production, The Call, starring Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, Cloud Atlas), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, New Year’s Eve), Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief, Think Like a Man), Michael Eklund (The Divide), and Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”). Brad Anderson (The Machinist), directed the screenplay written by Richard D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds, Thir13en Ghosts), from a story written by Richard D’Ovidio & Nicole D’Ovidio & Jon Bokencamp (Perfect Stranger).
Jeff Graup, Michael J. Luisi, Robert L. Stein, Michael A. Helfant, and Bradley Gallo are the film’s producers. William C. Gallo, Philip M. Cohen, Dale Rosenbloom and Guy J. Louthan are executive producers.
Rounding out Anderson’s team are director of photography Thomas Yatsko (“Fringe”), production designer Franco-Giacomo Carbone (The Expendables), film editor Avi Youabian, music by John Debney, costume designer Magali Guidasci, and casting by Sheila Jaffe and Vanessa Spencer.
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